Next time you pick up a pint in the pub, think logistics. The glass was probably brought to you by Swift Service, the industrial division of European logistics company Christian Salvesen.
Demaglass, a UK manufacturer of drinking glassware for the catering and retail trade, is using Swift Service to provide next-day delivery of its goods. A recent consultant’s report suggested Demaglass needed to be more flexible in the way it delivered small consignments. So earlier this year it called in Swift.
What Demaglass got was a pay-as-you go logistics service in which glassware is collected each day from the Demaglass factory in Chesterfield and trucked back to Swift’s depot in Wakefield. Here consignments enter Swift’s national `shared network’ and are put on trucks ready for next-day delivery – a bit like parcel deliveries.
Swift’s Wakefield depot also handles glass bottles made by Rockware for clients such as Gold Blend, Budweiser, Stella Artois and Smirnoff vodka.
Swift manages 1.9 million sq ft of warehouse space for Rockware in depots throughout the UK. It has developed an electronic tracking system to monitor the movement of pallets of glass produced at Rockware’s five factories in the UK and Ireland, from production through to delivery to the customer.